What is the difference between custom orthotics and over-the-counter?
Both over-the-counter insoles and custom orthotics are meant to help relieve foot pain and improve biomechanics, but there’s a big difference in both effectiveness and quality.
Store-bought insoles (sometimes referred to as over-the-counter orthotics) are mass produced, cushioned inserts. Depending on the quality and materials used, they can range from a few dollars to $30 or $40. While the best of these may provide some temporary pain relief, especially in more minor cases, they rarely provide lasting treatment for chronic foot issues.
Custom orthotics, by contrast, are uniquely designed to fit a specific pair of feet, according to measurements taken by professionals. Because they fit your feet exactly, they can provide much more effective pain relief than OTC insoles, and they can treat a much wider variety of conditions (including gait abnormalities). Although more expensive than insoles, they’re much sturdier, and can even last years with regular maintenance.
If your feet are hurting, custom orthotics may just be the solution you’re looking for. To make an appointment for an examination and consultation, please contact Associates in Podiatry in Princeton at (609) 924-8333, or Roselle Park at (908) 687-5757.